Raise your hand if you knew that the UN had an Office for Outer Space Affairs? You’re fucking liars the both of you. Anyway, that office is headed by Malaysian astrophysicist Dr. Mazlan Othman, who is appointed the first person authorized to speak with intelligent extraterrestrial life. What does the UN know? What are they hiding? And does this mean Dr. Othman has the power to start bar fights all over Tatooine and claim diplomatic immunity?
“The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that someday humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials,” she said in a recording of a recent speech, reported by the Sunday Times of London.
“When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.” At the upcoming conference in Britain, Othman is expected to tell delegates that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before — and that means the United Nations must be ready to coordinate humanity’s response to any “first contact.”
Othman is an astrophysicist who got her Ph.D. in New Zealand. Scientists who work with her say her job is essentially to be the mouthpiece for mankind. “Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘Take me to your leader’ person,” said professor Richard Crowther, a space law expert with the United Kingdom Space Agency.